My worlds collided with this month’s color challenge! The theme for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge is Spicy, and May is all about basil. As a pasta lover, I will choose basil pesto sauce every time. And you know I love the color blue. So it was mind-blowing to learn about the African Blue Basil as the inspiration for May’s quilt block.
Wait…basil is blue?
I am used to a green pesto sauce made from basil leaves. But, the African Blue Basil variety is a great plant to add to your herb garden. An extra bonus is it’s benefit to our friends, the bees. This article explains the plant in great detail
Favorite pesto recipe
I first tasted this chicken dish when my parents were following a keto diet. It was so delicious, quick, and easy to prepare that it has stayed in our meal plan rotation ever since.
Place 4-8 skinless chicken breasts in a baking dish
Add one layer of sliced proscuitto
Cover with pesto sauce and add a layer of shredded mozzerella cheese
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (this is not exact…time and temperature may vary. Use a meat thermometor to make sure the chicken is fully cooked!)
Blue Basil Quilt Block
I had some perfect blue batiks for this block.
The No-Waste Flying Geese method makes four at a time. Here we are, lined up for chain piecing.
The instructions recommend drawing a line, then stitching 1/4″ away. I don’t bother with marking, but I do finger- press my pieces so I have a guideline as I am sewing. Want to learn more about my no-mark tricks? Read this blog post!
The units in this block are put together as a basic nine-patch. Once you understand the construction of that quilting classic, you see it everywhere! In this video, I explain why the nine-patch block is one of my favorites.
This flying geese quilt block is set on point. Our final step is to add corner triangles.
And here is the finished quilt block. If you would prefer a straight layout, be sure to download the version 2 instructions that Jen has prepared for us.
More Spicy Bloggers
Take a look at the Blue Basil Quilt Blocks made by some other talented quilters. I love seeing the colorful variations each month!
Jen – Patterns by Jen
Anja – Anja Quilts
Sandy – Sandy Star Designs
Raylee – Sunflower Stitcheries
Kathy – Kathy’s Kwilts & More